OTG

OTG stands for “USB On-The-Go.”

OTG is a “specification that allows USB devices … to act as a host, allowing other USB devices … to be attached to them. … For instance, a mobile phone may read from removable media as the host device, but present itself as a USB Mass Storage Device when connected to a host computer.”

Translation: An OTG drive can be plugged into a PC and then into a phone.

I had never played with these until I came across this one.

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Then I couldn’t find anything to do with it!

But recently I found a good use case for it.

I had ripped Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt to mp3s and wanted to move it to my Nexus 5.

I put the USB A end into Trump and dragged the mp3s to it. I ejected it and took it over to the phone.

When I plugged it in I got this in the Notification area.

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I tapped on “PNY USB drive” and got this.

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I long tapped on “Michael Lewis” and then pulled down “…”.

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I tapped on “Copy to …”.

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And I was able to copy the folder to the phone.

To eject it, I pulled down the notification shade again, opened the Settings and ejected it.

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If it would just fit on my key chain I’d use it a lot more. By the way, it did get hot while plugged into the phone.

Oh, there’s one for the iPhone too with a slight Apple tax.

Originally published at benmoore.blogspot.com on July 18, 2016.

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